If, at any time between January 19, 2016, and January 28, 2021, you were required to provide your biometric information for timekeeping purposes to IML within the State of Illinois, A class action lawsuit may affect your legal rights.
What is this lawsuit about?
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/1, et seq., prohibits private companies from capturing, obtaining, storing, transferring, and/or using the biometric identifiers and/or information, such as fingerprints, of another individual for any purpose, including timekeeping, without first providing such individual with certain written disclosures and obtaining written consent. This lawsuit alleges that IML violated the BIPA by requiring its current and/or former employees to submit their fingerprints for timekeeping purposes between January 19, 2016, and January 28, 2021 without first providing the required disclosures or obtaining the employee’s consent. IML contests these claims and denies that it violated BIPA.
What does the lawsuit provide?
Defendants have agreed to create a $117,000.00 Settlement Fund for the Class Members. If the Settlement is approved, all Settlement Class Member who does not timely exclude themselves will be entitled to an equal payment out of the Settlement Fund less the costs of the other expenses to be paid from the Settlement Fund. The exact amount of each Class Member’s payment is unknown at this time.
Additionally, the attorneys who brought this lawsuit will ask the Court to award them attorneys’ fees of up to thirty-five percent of the Settlement Fund, plus reasonable costs, for the substantial time, expense and effort expended in investigating the facts, litigating the case and negotiating the Settlement. The Class Representative also will apply to the Court for a service award of up to $2,000.00 for his time, effort, and service in this matter.
The Parties cannot predict exactly when (or whether) the Court will give final approval to the Settlement, so please be patient. However, if the Court finally approves the Settlement, you will be paid as soon as possible after the court order becomes final.
Who is included?
You are a member of the Settlement Class if, at any time between January 19, 2016, and January 28, 2021, you were required to provide your biometric information (e.g. handprint, etc.) for timekeeping purposes to IML within the state of Illinois. If you provided your biometric information (e.g. handprint, etc.) for timekeeping purposes to IML at any time during this time period, then you may be entitled to cash benefits.
If you are a Class member, your legal rights will be affected whether you act or not. Read the Notice carefully to see what your rights and options are in connection with this class action lawsuit.